AUDITION for a contemporary dance performance MIKADO

Lithuanian city Kaunas has been awarded with a title of European Capital of Culture 2022 . Šeiko Dance Company, based in Klaipeda (LT), has became a partner of this ECoC programme and is starting the creation process of a new contemporary dance performance*, choreographed by Vittoria De Ferrari Sapetto (Belgium) and Andrea Valfre (Italy) . Giacomo Gorini, one of Europe’s most renowned light designers, will create the light design for the performance and the music is produced by acknowledged Italian composer Giorgio Ferrero. The piece will be performed by Šeiko Dance Company , Nuepiko Dance Company and selected dancers from Europe.

Šeiko dance company is looking for 8 dancers that would be available to participate in performance rehearsals and premier in 2021-2022. The preliminary schedule of the rehearsals:
◼ audition of dancers on the 8th – 9th of April, 2021 in Brussels.
◼ 2 weeks artistic residence with rehearsals no. 1 in Klaipeda in August, 2021
◼ 1 week artistic residence with rehearsals no. 2 in Kaunas in January-March (exact dates tbc), 2022
◼ 1 week artistic residence with rehearsals no. 3 in Kaunas in April-May (exact dates tbc), 2022
◼ 3 weeks rehearsals and premier (including 3 shows) of the performance in Kaunas in August, 2022
Total working time 7 weeks.
🏫 The audition (live) will take place at “La Raffinerie” in Brussels on the 8th and 9th of April from 4pm till 7 pm.
Audition is free of charge, but only the selected candidates will be invited for audition.
🎥 The candidates should send max. 2 min. video before the 1st of March to the email,
Video can be impro or set up material, but would be good if it’s mentioned clearly. Email title for the audition: For MIKADO audition.
Video should consists of the tasks indicated below:
◼ working with a wooden stick (you can use also a broomstick)
◼ working with a specific body language that represent you the most
◼ working with rhythmic sounds or score within your body or also using the stick.
Selected for live audition dancers will be informed before the 15th of March.
💵 Selected artists will get a salary of 400 Eur / week (incl taxes). Travel costs, accommodation and per diems (in LT standards) will be covered as well.
*The performance “Mikado” is inspired by the society that is constantly changing. Reflections on changing ways of behaving, communicating, developing of a superficial view of relationships and the environment, the benefits and dangers of immersing themselves in the breadth of social networks, the lack of a critical thinking audience. Without being banal, this situation forces us to look for points of resilience, a new social connection based on lasting and shared human values, understood in all languages ​​in every part of the world.
The performance’s name, content and form are determined by the creative team’s desire to combine several essential elements of existence: the primordial human body, archaic wooden sticks, and today’s media devices. A similar trilogy will be used to develop the language of movement: the natural physicality of the human body, the archaic tradition of Aikido and martial arts, and contemporary dance.


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